Herbs, Stars, and Amulets: Interconfessional Health and Healing in Ottoman Bosnia


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"Herbs, Stars and Amulets: Interconfessional Health and Healing in Ottoman Bosnia" investigates the theories and practices of healing in Ottoman Bosnia as they intersect mainstream healthcare practices, religious beliefs, and folk customs. Medical pluralism that we see nowadays existed in premodern times as well, but the hierarchies of authority were allocated in different ways, allowing knowledge to slip through various forms and practices. The study gives this issue a more detailed cultural lens as it examines what kind(s) of medical knowledge circulated in Ottoman Bosnia, and how different medical practitioners benefited from and competed with each other. Deeply steeped in the region's cultural history, this study counteracts the region's current political climate that systematically endangers social intimacy among different ethnoreligious groups through the campaigns of ethnic division and exclusivist discourse.

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